Buy The New Book About Les Gavatxes

In the pitch dark, I lie between the clean sheets with my eyes open and feeling unreal. Excitement, fear and curiosity compete for attention. Startled, I hear a shuffling sound on the floor, as if an old man is dragging himself along. I think it’s a toad. (…) I reach for Leo’s hand. ‘I can’t sleep,’ I whisper. So this is where we’re going to live,’ I add a little later. We already live here,’ Leo replies, older and wiser. But Amsterdam feels closer than this farmhouse in the wilderness.

After walking for half an hour, I sit down on a tree trunk while Leo and the dogs walk on towards Surroca. I look at the moss-covered trunks of the elm trees and go back in my mind to the time when farmers walked here with fully laden oxcarts. Grain, hay, dung, wicker baskets of clucking chickens and the woman next to the cart with a mouthful of green peppers and garlic on her head. On the path below me I see an old woman stumbling, dressed in black from head to toe. She has a bundle of fragrant grasses on her back. As I sniff the fragrance, the thought flashes through my mind that we have decided to leave Les Gavatxes.

From: “Those Who Come From The North”

“Those Who Come From The North” is the title of a book Corrie Koppedraijer has written about fifteen years of living and working at Les Gavatxes. The title is also the meaning of the word Gavatxes.

It is a personal document that recounts the more or less turbulent things that happened here. Memories, anecdotes, observations, clumsy communication, fabrications and confessions; impressions of the neighbours, the village and Catalonia. The personal process of settling in, feeling at home, and at a certain point handing over the project to others and possible successors is expressed in an honest and striking way. Each chapter ends with a poem. The book is embellished with reproductions of etchings and paintings produced by Loet de Wolf over a period of fifteen years at Les Gavatxes.

The management of the estate and the development of activities have been entrusted to the Kshanti Foundation. We are therefore pleased to offer this beautifully visual book. The English version will be available early this year and the original version in Dutch soon afterwards. It will appear as an eBook, printed in black and white, and as a deluxe edition in colour.

Pre-order the book – it will be sent to you as soon as it’s ready:

eBook €5

Print version, black and white, softback €15 plus €6 postage costs within Spain

Print version, black and white, softback €15 plus €10 postage costs (rest of Europe, for UK please ask before purchase)